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Name a House, Clinch a Sale?


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Rockport by the Sea. Whitecrest, Quarry House. In earlier times, only the great country estates were worthy of bearing a name. But now, US homes both large and small are carrying names both stately and whimsical – and the trend may mean big bucks when the property is sold. The trend in naming properties...

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Do Artificial Interventions Sustain the Housng Recovery?


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The housing recovery is back on track – or is it? Indicators such as rising prices and low inventory of available houses for sale in many markets appear to suggest that the effects of the hosing collapse of a few years ago are fading. But some industry professionals point out that the “recovery”...

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No Closing Cost Mortgages: An Option for Investors?


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In spite of continued low interest rates, mortgage applications remain slow in many areas of the US housing market. So, after the series of scandals, settlements and new regulations that marked the aftermath of the housing collapse of 2008, leading mortgage servicers are offering a virtual menu of financing,...

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Hot Rental Markets: A Good Year For Landlords


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Rising rents and a widening pool of ready tenants are making 2013 the year of the landlord in many areas of the US housing market. As the economy continues its crawl out of a recent slump, more people are choosing – or are forced by circumstance – to rent dwellings rather than own them. That means...

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Active Tax Breaks from Passive Losses


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Can you be passive and active at the same time? In the world of real estate tax law, you certainly can – and it may save you money. Key tax deductions for income property investors stopped short of a plunge over last year’s fiscal cliff. Now, with tax season in full swing, one often over looked benefit...

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Slowdown in New Home Building Affects the Housing Recovery


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Financial and housing industry experts point to tighter lending standards in the mortgage industry as a major reason the housing recovery is progressing in fits and starts. But according to a recent article in The Fiscal Times, another factor could have a more damaging in pact on the overall housing...

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Foreign Properties: Pitfalls for US Investors


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Just as more foreign investors are taking an interest in US real estate, Americans are looking toward investment properties abroad. The struggling economies of many countries are creating appealing conditions for investors both small and large. But while investing outside the US can offer opportunities...

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Are Home Prices Rising Too Fast?

Are Home Prices Rising Too Fast?


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Recent signs such as an upsurge in new home construction and rising home prices have appeared to point toward the recovery of the housing market after the great subprime mortgage collapse of 2008 or so.  But according to a recent CNBC article, the sudden spike in housing prices is raising concerns about...

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Mortgage Rates: Ready to Take a Jump?


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Despite predictions of continued low mortgage interest rates into the next couple of years, the rock-bottom rates of recent times may be coming to an end. That’s according to the newest BankRate report for January 31, 2013, which notes that the going rate for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage jumped from...

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New Mortgage Regulations Don’t Apply to All Lenders


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The year has just begun, and already predictions from housing industry experts are focusing on trends in real estate and mortgage lending for the next year. Among the most closely watched developments are new changes in lending regulations designed to affect most mortgage servicers, including banks and...

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